Photo: Book cover for The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
02/26/2020
"When are we going to get book two?” Denise Stone, Orchard Knob Middle School
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Photo: Cover of Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff
Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff
02/26/2020
“One student told me that she didn’t like to read until she found this book. Now she is one of my biggest readers..” Renee Ziemann, a Librarian at Sale Creek Middle
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Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes
Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes
11/18/2019
“ Students are able to see the devastation faced by the community from the victim's perspective, giving them a chance to deal with this difficult topic in a powerful way.” Catherine Cox, a Librarian at Normal Park Upper School
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Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
05/07/2019
“Students love this funny graphic novel about a middle school love triangle. The characters are well written and very sweet. Main character Callie loves the theater, but she's not a great singer or set designer. Putting on the best show with only a middle school budget and a team that can't get along is struggle enough, then you have to add all the offstage drama.” - Caroline Mickey, librarian at Alpine Crest Elementary.
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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
04/29/2019
“Older students like this book because it offers another viewpoint. Things would be different for all of the characters if there had not been a war.” - Heidi Marshall, librarian at Westview Elementary
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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
04/01/2019
“I love The Lost Hero because there is so much satisfaction that I sometimes don't want to stop reading it! Greek mythology is interesting anyway, and the book has lots of amazing detail. The Lost Hero is great!” - Owen Dean, a student at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
03/25/2019
“My students are exuberant about this series, and they ask every week if there is one of the seven books in for them. They enjoy the mystery, and love that they never know what the next page turn will bring.” - Caroline Mickey, librarian at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
03/18/2019
“The kids at my school love historical fiction, especially the World War II period. This book shows the story of 3 different kids and 1 special harmonica that they all share and their experiences during the war.” - Whitney Fessler, librarian at Lookout Mountain Elementary
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Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
03/11/2019
“This book in verse tells the story of 12-year-old Chuck, who discovers that it is possible to recover from past decisions. Students love the rhythm and hip-hop feel of the poetry and relate to the basketball themes in the book as well.” Catherine Cox, librarian at Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper School
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Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
02/25/2019
“The kids love the humor of this book! The graphic novel genre has great appeal to our children in general, due to them being faster reads than longer novels.” - Gillian Burgess, librarian at Snow Hill Elementary
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
02/05/2019
“Students, both boys, and girls enjoy the adventures - or misadventures - of Greg Heffley and his friend Rowley as they deal with school and family life. The story along with the cartoon illustrations draws kids in and engages them to become independent readers.” - Tommy Brown, librarian at East Side Elementary
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Took by Mary Downing Hahn
Took by Mary Downing Hahn
Took is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Lindsay Prater, a Librarian at Soddy Elementary. Another thrilling ghost story from Mary Downing Hahn, author of ‘One for Sorrow,’ that is sure to keep you turning pages. The tale begins with a Connecticut family of four moving to a tiny rural town in West Virginia. The move wouldn't be so bad, except it is clear from the beginning that the parents didn't make the decision to move into the dilapidated farmhouse themselves. They were 'urged' to by Auntie, a truly creepy character who the locals call a 'conjure' woman.
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